Beverages 4 Less
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Reviews by domtronzero:
1.69/5 rDev -62.3%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
Illegal beers sales, improperly stored IPAs, hassling used-car-salesman attitude, price discrimination, fake reviews, I can go on-and-on about how terrible this place is.
As of today (July 12, 2011) the website lists "Three Floyd's Dreadnayght" [sic] & "Arltil Panzer Walf" [sic] as well as Bell's Expedition Stout, and Double Trouble. All of which are not distributed into California, and therefore, ARE NOT LEGAL TO SELL IN THIS STATE. And another time it was $9.99 for a single bottle of Founders Breakfast Stout (also illegal to sell in CA). He said, "It's $25 for a 4-pack of this stuff. And I'm the only person in California that sells it." No kidding. You're probably also the only person in California taking advantage of locals and non-locals alike by selling beers illegally through your store. BTW the stuff retails for $9-12 for a 4-pack.
As a former local customer I only bought IPAs from the refrigerator, not from the humongous stack of IPAs sitting in the middle of his store at 90*F+ temperatures (this is Santee, one of the warmest places in the entire county). Alpine, Ballast Point, Stone, etc., are all just sitting there ready for unknowing online customers to purchase. Not to mention seeing his minions at brewery-only releases buying their allotments and reselling them at his store to "online customers only" at absurd markups (Veritas 009 for $75+ a bottle!!).
Take one step into the store and get immediately hassled by Freddy, the owner. "What are you looking for?" "I get beers that no one else can get." "Look me up on BeerAdvocate - they all love me - they all know Freddy is the shit." This is not a dramatic reenactment.
Regarding the price discrimination, I have experienced it firsthand. He charged me $3 less for a bottle of a particular limited release beer than he charged my wife for the same bottle. Just read the other reviews, too.
How many of these reviews can possibly be real? Just look at how many people join the site, review Bev4Less the same day and never contribute anything else to the site, let alone even log on after that.
The selection is pretty damn good, considering the illegal beer sales and brewery-only-release muling. However, it's all more expensive than most other stores around the county.
I used to keep quiet and simply choose not to shop here anymore, but now I am just appalled by the practices at this store. It's time to let people know about this shady place. Its a good thing the ABC doesn't come in here and audit his sales to see that he's illegally selling beers that aren't distributed into California. But then again, how do we expect him to pay for the 7 series beemer out front?
Bottom line: Avoid at all costs.
07-08-2011 19:38:08 | More by domtronzero
More User Reviews:
5/5 rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$$
This is my go to place for internet beer purchases. No one has a better selection than what Freddie offers. A lot of really good and rare beer that is unavailable on the East Coast and especially Miami. He is also a hell of a guy. Whenever I email him an order he immediately emails me back my tracking number. Always incredibly prompt and ordering is hassle free. The shipments are always expertly packed too. I have recommended him to everyone and will continue to do so without reservation. Call Freddie, you will be glad you did.
05-26-2014 22:58:41 | More by HoldenDurden
5/5 rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Great place, great selection. My family and I have known Freddie for years. Takes great care of his customers. Definitely worth a drive to check out the selection and try new brews. If you haven't been here you need to check it out. Pricing is reasonable for what you're looking for, especially if it is hard to find.
05-03-2014 01:03:38 | More by Grubicon
4.94/5 rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Fred is THE MAN! Outstanding selection, great service, good prices. I can call Fred at 8:00 in the morning and he has product shipping to me that day. Who else gets Heady, KBS, and BCS out on the West Coast?
Keep up the good work Fred! Your loyal customer Frank Costa.
04-23-2014 16:25:38 | More by bluz4frank
4.54/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$
This online shop offers a wide selection of many hard-to-get beers at decent prices. Great service and very quick responses. The ordering process is a little quirky for an online shop, but works well and is easy once you get the hang of it. It's an online beer specialty shop worth checking out for something new to try and/or for something elusive. I have bought from them, enjoyed the beer and service, and will continue to buy from them.
I had to rate "atmosphere" which is ridiculous, BA, because this is an online store! Really? Atmosphere? So I called it "perfect" because how am I supposed to do that. Why not have a "does not apply" option here too as with food?
04-22-2014 21:11:00 | More by drn
Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA
99 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.